16 Sneaky Spots to hide Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you’re organised and already have a collection of Christmas presents, or you like to leave shopping to the last minute, you need to keep those presents out of sight. Whether it’s nosey kids or a prying partner, don’t spoil the magic of Christmas by making your gifts too […]

13 Tips for a Clean Home with Dogs

Dogs are bundles of fluff that bring joy and energy to your home. But that’s not all they bring. They also leave a trail of disaster – fur, toileting accidents, destroyed toys, and sand and leaves from the garden. Ferris the cavoodle joined our family last year, and the kids have loved having him around. […]

Finding meaning in the cleaning

Cleaning your home is relentless. There’s always another job to do. There’s always another mess to tidy up, clothes to wash, or stray items to pack away. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disheartened. You start to wonder why you even bother. Then you get down on yourself. Other people can manage to keep a […]

13 Ways to Love Your Dishwasher

It’s there for you in the kitchen everyday, doing the jobs no one wants to do. But do you give it the loving it needs? You can’t just expect it to do the deed for you every day and not get anything in return. I’m talking about your dishwasher. (What were you thinking?) When was […]

Backwards Menu Planning (for those who hate to menu plan)

Do you look at menu planning systems and printables and wonder why can’t I get my act together and menu plan? I’m a pretty organised, logical person, but I just can’t get it together to menu plan. I have a nice, organised shopping list, but the thought of sitting down with the recipes books and […]

Dyson V6 Absolute Review

Back in 2011, I reviewed the Dyson DC35 handheld vacuum cleaner. It was purchased by my husband, and I fell in love with it. When I was asked to review the new and improved Dyson V6 Absolute, I jumped at the chance. I just love a new vacuum! Our home has a combination of hard […]

How to create a morning routine that works!

When I was in high school, I had a finely-tuned morning routine. My goal was to sleep as late as possible, but still get to school on time. I’d get out of bed at 8:10am, and be in the classroom door when the siren went at 8:50am (I was lucky have a 10 minute walk […]

A new way of thinking about housework

I was reading the book Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup from the blog of the same name, and I had a dawning moment! The book is about the 12 secrets of the good life, and weaves Ruth’s personal story into how she’s found the path to contentment (and it wasn’t a smooth road). […]

Play Room Hypocrite

I’m a hypocrite! I’m constantly telling my kids to tidy up the play area and their bedrooms, but my play area (aka craft/sewing room) is a disaster. Can you relate? Yesterday, the kids had to tidy up before they could have screen time. Both kids were complaining the mess was too much for them, begging […]

Organising and Displaying Kids’ Artwork

What do you do with your kids’ artwork when it comes home from school, playgroup or that you’ve made at home? Is it piling up on your dining room table? Do you stick it to your fridge? I don’t remember what happened to my arts and crafts when I was a kid. I don’t think […]

The Ultimate Guide to Lego Storage

Lego is one of those toys that everyone loves. You remember the fun you had as a kid, building all sorts of things and you want to share that fun with your children. You start out with one of two sets, maybe you keep them separately in their original boxes or another storage container. Then […]

Letting go of kitchen clutter

After tidying my baking and muffin trays drawer, I’ve agonised over my other kitchen drawers. Every time I open the crockery drawer, I notice that we own a lot of bowls: All different types of bowls – pasta, soup, breakfast, noodles – we have different bowls for all of them. Which is ridiculous, I know. […]

How to organize baking and muffin trays

I recently headed into the kitchen to make baked donuts. On opening my drawer of baking trays and muffin pans, I realised the donut pan was right at the bottom. I hate digging around in drawers to find the right pan. Something had to be done! A trip to IKEA was required (OK, it was […]

Learning to love the laundry

I look forward to laundry day. There, I’ve said. I’ve got to the point where I enjoy doing the laundry. I’ve complained in the past about how the washing takes ALL day, even if you’re only doing a load or two. So how did this mind-shift happen? Well, a bit like Miss Elizabeth Bennett’s love […]

How to remove washed stickers from clothes

I’m hopeless at checking clothes before they go in the washing machine. I rely on people doing the right thing and emptying pockets etc before clothes go in the laundry hamper. That worked out ok for me when it was just me and my husband, but as the kids get older and messier, my system […]

Clean out the sunscreen

Some of you are heading into summer and others (like me!) are hibernating for winter. Either way, it’s a good time to sort through your sunscreen collection. The other night when my kids were having a bath, The kids were playing nicely and I was feeling a bit bored, so why not take the opportunity […]

Front Entrance Hall Organisation

Last week, I lamented that I wasn’t really treating my homemaking like an engineer should. I was probably being a bit hard on myself, and looking around the house, I realised I never shared my entrance hall organisation (maybe because I’ve never got around to prettying in up!). Let’s start with what my entrance hall […]

Tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer?

A while ago, I came up with the tag line for Cook Clean Craft "Tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer". I loved it as it captures my background as a chemical engineer and the in-jokes about housework engineers have. But the more I think about it, the more I realise this blog doesn’t live up […]

Picture Frames {Random thing to clean}

Cleaning posts have been few and far between lately – maybe because I’ve been on minimum care and maintenance for too long. We mostly now what routine tasks we need to complete to keep the house tidy – vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms. But there’s a million other little jobs that don’t need to be […]

How to Make A Reusable Grocery List

I hate waste. Writing a grocery list each week, just to throw it out and then writing out the same thing the next week – it just doesn’t seem efficient. So I made a reusable grocery list: The list includes things I regularly buy and space to add one-off items. It’s ordered in the layout […]

Tips for Camping Organization

Last week was a great chance to grab the camping gear and head to Esperance (in south Western Australia) for a family holiday – a last trip away before the Christmas craziness begins in earnest. The weather’s warming up but school’s still in, so not too many people around – perfect to enjoy scenery like […]

How to Keep the Hand-Towel off the Floor

Toilet training has provided plenty of parenting challenges in this house (and I’m definitely not qualified to give advice!), but things are progressing well and both kids do their business in the toilet/potty during the day. But every time I walk past their toilet, the hand towel is never on the holder. On the floor, […]

The Dissatisfaction of Infinite Housework

The biggest frustration of housework is the feeling that the job is never done. There is always something more to clean, organise or tidy and the washing just keeps on coming. Two small kids at home makes it worse. No sooner have I cleaned under the dining table (or anywhere else they inhabit), and the […]

Bissell AirRAM Vacuum Cleaner Review

I love gadgets and tools that make life simpler, and I’m always on the look-out for ways to make housework easier. So I was excited to get the opportunity to review the Bissell AirRAM cordless vacuum cleaner. After having kids, I fell in love with cordless vacuums. These machines are so much more powerful than […]